Our curriculum leader for Music is Julie Davison
For details of the Music Curriculum for each year group for each term please visit the class webpages.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development through the teaching of Music
Music supports spiritual development by encouraging through the experience and emotion of responding to performing, listening and composing music. We encourage our pupils to express their feelings verbally and in written form to improve their levels of articulacy. Where pupils are sensitive about expressing their feelings we nurture the confidence to do this by creating a supportive environment.
Music supports moral development by encouraging pupils to engage in critical discussions of musical performances and dramas/presentations from other children and also visiting professionals. Where there is a specific cultural or social reference that is explicit in the work examined we encourage pupils to reflect upon this. Where pupils present their own work we ensure fair and objective assessment and evaluation of their work.
Music supports social development with children collaborating routinely in group tasks where they take responsibility for their own learning outcomes and progress. We encourage the skills of independence, resilience and time management. Where they engage in group tasks we build a sense of unity which leads to them addressing their individual abilities and strengths and learning to build upon these collaboratively.
Music supports cultural development by encouraging a respect and deep appreciation for cultures around the world that have contributed to the development of our current popular musical styles. This philosophy also underpins our selection of music for performance events whether they are informal or formal occasions. We encourage children to create their own music and to incorporate different musical influences in their own composition. We use a wide variety of instruments from around the world to enrich the cultural experiences of our children.
Key characteristics of Musicians
We have identified the following key characteristics which we aim to develop to enable children to become independent and confident musicians:
- A rapidly widening repertoire which they use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work.
- A musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music, including high or rapidly developing levels of
- technical expertise.
- Very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.
- An excellent understanding of how musical provenance - the historical, social and cultural origins of music - contributes to the diversity of musical styles.
- The ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.
- A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.
Our approach to teaching Music
In order that our learners are enabled to develop the key characteristics of musicians we are committed to developing a curriculum that provides as many rich musical experiences as possible. These include: performance opportunities for all children through our musical productions and concerts, developing the skills necessary to sing and play percussion instruments, providing opportunities to be inspired by great music and musicians and to have opportunities for children to create their own music. All children in year 3 are taught the recorder and opportunities are available for those who wish to continue playing to develop this skill further. We make links with other subjects such as learning German through songs and taking a cross curricular theme for our singing concert each year. (This year the theme was singing songs inspired by art.) Visiting musicians are used to inspire the children. For instance, a professional opera singer recently worked with children in year 3 and 4. Year 6 children visit the local secondary school to work in their music technology suite.
We use a variety of materials and resources to support our teaching of music across the school including Sing Up and the Charanga Music School Program.
Opportunities for Music
In order to ensure that our children are provided with a range of opportunities to enable them to become musicians we provide:
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Key learning objectives for Music
We have identified the following key learning objectives for Music:
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Extra-Curricular Music Opportunities
We are a Silver Award winning Sing-Up school, taking as many opportunities as we can to sing and perform through the year.
We have a school choir who perform regularly both in school and in a variety of community events.
We offer parents the opportunity for their children to learn a woodwind, brass, percussion or string instrument through private music lessons on site.